THE STOUGHTON FIRE.
ON Monday, Dec. 15, about quarter past eleven in the morning, an alarm of fire was sounded, and large volumes of smoke and flame were seen issuing from the south entry of the upper floor in Stoughton. Before the Fire Department arrived some students were busy in passing buckets, and in getting the ladders that were hidden under Weld and Harvard Hall. Jones, the bell-ringer, tried to put out the flames with a garden pump and a bucket of water, before the alarm was given. His efforts, however, were unsuccessful, and by the time the engines arrived, the fire had gained headway in room No. 16, where it is supposed to have started, and in the attic. Ladders were immediately raised, and hose was run up, but with so little order that it was some time before a stream was brought to bear on the flames. The firemen paid little attention to the furniture, throwing it from the windows, regardless of consequences. Luckily a number of students joined in the work, and succeeded, by lowering the heavy articles with ropes and carpets, in saving most of them from damage by water. In a short time the whole south entry was flooded, the water, several inches deep, covering the floors of the upper rooms, and leaking down through holes in the ceiling. At about noon the fire was under control, but was not entirely out until an hour later. A large part of the south roof was burnt, leaving the rooms below open to the air, and obliging all the occupants of the entry to seek shelter elsewhere. Vacant rooms in Thayer and Holyoke were placed at their disposal by the Bursar. No satisfactory explanation of the way in which the fire started has yet been given. The damage done the building is estimated at $2,000; the loss of the students in furniture, though not large, cannot be easily estimated.